Usenet FAQ

What us Usenet?

Usenet is an open forum free from arbitrary editorial guidelines, file size limits, and format restrictions. Usenet is growing fast – and is already used by millions of people in every corner of the world..

Usenet is a collection of user-submitted notes or messages on various subjects that are posted to servers on a worldwide network. Each subject collection of posted notes is known as a newsgroup. There are thousands of newsgroups and it is possible for you to form a new one. Most groups are hosted on Internet-connected servers, but they can also be hosted from servers that are not part of the Internet. The original protocol was UNIX-to-UNIX Copy (UUCP), but today the Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) is used.

Usenet is mostly accessed via newsgroup newsreaders, such as Thunderbird, that run as separate programs. offers a FREE WEB BASED NEWSREADER for those that are either new to Usenet or don’t wish to use as newsreaders.

Who controls Usenet?

Usenet is an open forum free from arbitrary editorial guidelines, file size limits, and format restrictions. Usenet Newsgroups are autonomous forums and as such, there are no “owners” to control what gets posted. Instead, users of Usenet newsgroups are responsible for their actions. But don’t confuse this as a free-for-all; continuing postings of SPAM, threats, off-topic posts (and anything else considered illegal) will get your access  teminated by your ISP and/or newsgroup provider.

How does Usenet work?

Usenet has no central authority, so there is no one to manage the system and no one to make any rules (and even if there were rules, there would be no way to enforce them). Usenet functions well because it is put together in a clever way, and because there is a lot of cooperation among the people who manage the news servers.

How are Usenet articles distributed? There is no central system to broadcast each new article to all the news servers in the world. Instead, each news server connects to other news servers at regular intervals. When the servers connect, they pass articles back and forth.

In this way, new articles are passed from one server to another, until they are PROPAGATED around the world. (Each article has a unique identification number so a server doesn’t get more than one copy of the same article.) The system is designed so well that although there is no central server and no one is in charge, any new article will be distributed throughout most of the Internet within a day or two (and often much faster).

What is a newsgroup?

A newsgroup is a repository on Usenet. It’s similar to a sub-reddit on Reddit or a sub-forum on a forum. Everything posted within a particular newsgroup shares a particular theme. Two types of newsgroups are available to users: text and binary. Text newsgroups are primarily for actual discussion on topics like politics, science, health, etc. Binary newsgroups are for particular genres or types of files, such as movies and games. Users can subscribe to newsgroups to stay up to date on the latest content uploaded to the Usenet. Usenet groups often have arbitrary names, so finding the ones you are most interested in might require a Google search.

What is a newsreader?

A newsreader is a download management app that handles NZB files. NZB files, which are found and downloaded from Indexers, point to the location of all the parts of a file stored on servers distributed around the Usenet. A newsreader downloads all of these parts and stitches them into one whole file, such as a video file. Newsreaders can be used to subscribe to newsgroups and automate downloads as well.

How do I find a file on Usenet?

To find a file, you will need to use a Usenet indexer. An indexer is essentially a search engine from which you can download NZB files. These NZB files point to the locations of different parts that make up an entire file, such as a video file. Most indexers require registration, some are invite only, and some are bundled with a subscription with a Usenet provider. Good indexers will allow the user to filter by filetype, language, size, and other criteria.

Is Usenet safe? Is it legal?

Using Usenet is completely legal. You can compare Usenet to the internet. It is a decentralized network in which users can communicate and share information in so-called newsgroups. … You can say that using Usenet is legal, but not everyone is acting legally on Usenet

The underlying technology is both safe and legal, but remember that content on Usenet is user-generated with few restrictions on what can be uploaded. Usenet today is often used to download copyrighted material, which is illegal in most parts of the world. Unscrupulous users might take advantage of Usenet to spread viruses or malware, so use your best judgment and be wary of anything suspicious. To keep your Usenet activity private, we recommend using logless providers that don’t track your usage. Additionally, providers that offer downloading over encrypted SSL connectoins are preferable, and you can make the entire process even more secure by connecting through a VPN.

Disclaimer: Uncensored Newsfeed does not endorse or recommend any copyright restrictions are breached and does and will not endorse or recommend the illegal accessing, downloading or viewing of any content. Please respect the rights of copyright holders and remember that illegal downloading of content is not a victim-less crime. Please read our Terms and Conditions before joining.

Can I download as much as I want?

This depends on which plan you purchased.

How do I post something to Usenet?

Posting text to Usenet is similar to sending an email. Just subscribe to the newsgroup you want to post to, compose the post in your newsreader app, and add a subject and body.

Posting a binary file is far more complicated and will require a separate tutorial to cover in detail. Stay tuned for our tutorial on posting binary files to Usenet.

The download didn’t work. What should I do?

Sometimes files are broken because the retention period expired, the file was corrupted, or the provider was ordered to take it down under a DMCA request. For this reason, many Usenet users buy backup block accounts in addition to an unlimited subscription. So long as the two providers are on separate Tier 1 networks (i.e. they operate on different servers), then what’s unavailable on one provider might well be accessible on another. If you don’t want two separate accounts, then try searching for another version of the file you are looking for.

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